As autumn gave way to the chill of early winter, a baby girl came into this world. On December 2, 1929, Frances Elizabeth Summers was born to Inez and Will Summers. She finished her earthly journey on June 7, 2015. Born at home on the family farm near Alexandria, NE, she and her older brother, Sam, grew up during the great depression. Life was not easy in what was known as “The Great Depression”: tough times, with the fall of the stock market, terrible droughts, dust storms and swarms of crop-destroying locusts. Tough times, but tough people, too.
Frances was one of the tough ones. Always a survivor, she managed to overcome health issues and operations, and grew to womanhood. She married Ralph C. Hoge and moved to a farm east of Powell, NE. While living there, they were blessed with four strong, good-hearted sons: Charles, Kenneth, Harold, and Roger.